Diploma of Business

Become a high flyer. The Diploma of Business is your simplest entry point to the fast-paced world of business.

Key Information

Duration

8 or 12 months

Intake Dates

March, June, October

Campus Location

Melbourne Burwood

Online

Fees

A$24,000 ($3,000 per unit)

Domestic International

Fees

A$31,100 (A$3,887.50 per unit)

Course overview

Completing your Diploma of Business at Deakin College will give you direct entrance into the second year of a Deakin University Bachelor degree in business. Within Deakin’s Faculty of Business and Law, you can choose from a number of specialist majors. You will also be able to choose elective units in areas such as event management, public relations, project management and many more.

Employment and career options upon completing your Bachelor degree:

  • Business analyst
  • Project manager
  • Customer relations manager
  • Events manager
  • Business development manager
  • Procurement manager
  • Business operations manager
  • Small business owner
  • Product manager

Pathways to Deakin University

On completion of this Diploma you can pathway into the following degree at Deakin University:
 
 
majors offered at Deakin University include:
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Event Management
  • Organisational Psychology
  • People Management
  • Project Management
  • Business and Digital Communication
  • Retail and Supply Chain Management 
  • Sustainability and Development

All majors are available to Diploma of Business graduates upon successful completion of the course. There are no specific electives that need to be chosen to qualify for any of the Bachelor of Business majors.

Depending on the major chosen, some students will need to undertake additional first year subjects at Deakin University.

Course and unit outline

For further details about Diploma of Business units, unit availability and trimester structures, please download the course and unit outline.

Course structure

Required units

To successfully complete the Diploma of Business, students are required to complete and pass 8 core units (1 credit point each) and 1 compulsory unit (zero credit points):

The unit provides a foundation in financial literacy that will assist you to reflect on matters of finance that influence your personal investment decisions and risk profile, and evaluate alternatives that impact financial, resourcing and investment decisions in business.

Assessment: 60% internal assessment, 40% final examination

This unit provides students with an understanding of the Australian economic system within the world economy, and an ability to identify and assess current macroeconomic problems and policies. The unit is concerned with the way in which the whole economy, or large sectors of the economy work. The major sectors analysed are the household sector, the business sector, the government sector and the international sector. The unit provides insights for evaluating the working and the impacts of monetary and fiscal policy, and how central banks and treasuries conduct such policies. Issues such as economic growth, unemployment, inflation, balance of payments and, exchange rates are also examined.

Assessment: 40% internal assessment, 60% final examination

The unit aims to show how manufacturing and service companies compete and what makes them effective and efficient. Topics include: product/service design; value chains; supply chains; operations strategy; materials management; production planning; and control and quality.

Assessment: 50% internal assessment, 50% final examination

Our world is now a world of information. On the one hand this makes many things easier, fun or even possible but on the other, it can cause us to be overloaded with information and distracted by our constant connections. In this unit, we look at how we might manage better and use information and connections in business, at work and in everyday life.

The unit begins by considering the changes that the digital world has made to our lives and how we live in a world immersed in information and social media. We then look at how we can search and analyse information and utilise social media for business, learning and collaboration. We then look at how information can be used to assist people but also to monitor and manage people at work and at home. Finally, we consider how to use ICT in a more secure manner.

Assessment: 60% internal assessment, 40% final examination

Marketing blends concepts from a broad range of fields, including psychology, sociology, economics, management, statistics, and design. The unit examines how marketing organisations, both profit-oriented and not-for-profit, create value for end-users and business customers, and in return capture value from customers. The unit begins with a discussion on the marketing theory and practice with an understanding of customer needs. Further topics include customer-driven marketing strategies using integrated marketing programs and the building of customer relationships to capture value for the organisation.

Assessment: 60% internal assessment, 40% final examination

This unit provides students with the necessary tools to develop and improve their intrapersonal skills.Students will also undertake a reflective practice of reviewing their own intrapersonal skills with a view to developing a self-diagnosed strategy where improvement is desired. Intrapersonal skills provide the foundation for effective communication and active collaboration as they focus on understanding the capabilities of you as the individual, as well as how and what sort of strategies should be employed for improvement.

Assessment: 90% Five individual assignments,10% self-reflection written piece

The aim of this unit is to provide students with a critical understanding of the intellectual foundations of the study of management. The unit will provide the opportunity to analyse how the solutions to management ‘problems’ have developed under different conditions throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. The unit also explores how management practice influences, and is influenced by, the external environment. This will involve examining how managerial action impacts on and is shaped by the environment, through a consideration of, ethics, social responsibility, and the social and cultural context of management.

Assessment: 50% internal assessment, 50% final examination

This unit provides students with an understanding of the dynamic nature of entrepreneurship including the challenges and opportunities that are experienced by entrepreneurs. An introduction to a range of processes and strategies will help students develop the necessary tools for identifying, creating and evaluating opportunities across the private, public and non-profit sectors. The unit design allows students to enhance and apply their knowledge towards the creation of positive social or environmental change.

Assessment: 50% internal assessment, 50% final examination

The Academic Integrity Unit is a compulsory zero credit point unit in all Faculty of Business and Law courses. The unit learning and assessment activities provide students with guidance on what constitutes academic integrity. It will allow students to develop knowledge, skills and good practice principles to avoid plagiarism and collusion and thereby maintain academic integrity.

This unit consists of approximately 3 hours of online learning experiences delivered through Moodle.

There are no classroom or scheduled learning activities. Students undertake independent learning

activities at their own pace.

Assessment: 100% (Individual)-Online multiple choice questions test

Transferring to Deakin University

Australian students

WAM Required for Transfer

  Trimester Intake Melbourne Burwood Geelong Waterfront Cloud Maximum Credits

M325 Bachelor of Business (B, WF~, C)

Major sequences:
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (B, WF, C)
Event Management (B, WF^^, C)
Organisational Psychology (B, WP~, C)
People Management (B, WF, C)
Project Management (B, WF^^ C)
Business and Digital Communication (B, WF^, C)
Retail and Supply Chain Management (B, W^^, C)
Sustainability and Development (B, WF^^,C)

T1
T2
T3
60 50 50 8

T1 (Trimester 1 entry); T2 (Trimester 2 entry); T3 (Trimester 3 entry)
* See Diploma to Degree transfer criteria
^^ Students may be required to undertake units in Cloud (Online) mode.
^ Students will be required to undertake units at the Waurn Ponds campus or Cloud (online) mode.
~ Waterfront (Geelong) students will undertake some units of study at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).

Transferring to Deakin University

International students

WAM Required for Transfer

  Trimester Intake Melbourne Burwood Geelong Waterfront Cloud Maximum Credits

M325 Bachelor of Business (B, WF~, WP)

Major sequences:
Entrepreneurship and Innovation (B, WF^^)
Event Management (B, WF^^)
Organisational Psychology (B, WF~)
People Management (B, WF)
Project Management (B, WF^^)
Business and Digital Communication (B, WF^)
Retail and Supply Chain Management (B, WF^^)
Sustainability and Development (B, WF^^)

T1

T2

50 50   8

T1 (Trimester 1 entry); T2 (Trimester 2 entry); T3 (Trimester 3 entry)
* See Diploma to Degree transfer criteria.
^^ Students may be required to undertake units in Cloud (Online) mode.
^ Students will be required to undertake units at the Waurn Ponds campus or Cloud (online) mode.
~ Waterfront (Geelong) students will undertake some units of study at Waurn Ponds (Geelong).

Entry requirements

Australian Entry Requirements

The following is required for Australian students:

  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)
  • VCAL Senior completion
  • Completion or Cert IV and above
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Work experience - Mature Age only

Bangladesh Entry Requirements

The following is required for Bangladesh students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary Certificate with GPA of 3.5
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Brunei Entry Requirements

The following is required for Brunei students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Cambodia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Cambodian students:

  • Diploma of Upper Secondary Education with a C grade average
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

China Entry Requirements

The following is required for Chinese students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 (Gao San) with 60%
  • Vocational Academic Program - 60%;
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Fiji Entry Requirements

The following is required for Fijian students:

  • Successful completion of Form 7 with a B in English and Maths and a pass in all other units, with an overall score of 240

France Entry Requirements

The following is required for French students:

  • Baccalaureate with an average of 10

Ghana Entry Requirements

The following is required for Ghana students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Hong Kong Entry Requirements

The following is required for Hong Kong students:

  • HKDSE with 8 points across 4 subjects

India Entry Requirements

The following is required for Indian students:

  • Completion of the All India Senior School Certificate with aggregate 58% or above. All education boards accepted.

Indonesia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Indonesien students:

  • SMA III with an average grade of 6.5 in 4 academic units
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Japan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Japanese students:

  • Successful completion of Kotogakko Year 3 a B grade average or a GPA of 3

Kenya Entry Requirements

The following is required for Kenya students:

  • Completion of KCSE with a C grade average
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Korea Entry Requirements

The following is required for Korean students:

  • High school Diploma average D grade

Kuwait Entry Requirements

The following is required for Kuwait students:

  • Completion of Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate) with a 70% average in final results.

Laos Entry Requirements

The following is required for Laos students:

  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Macau Entry Requirements

The following is required for Macau students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 with a B or 75% average in 4 academic units

Malawi Entry Requirements

The following is required for Malawi students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Malaysia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Malaysian students:

  • 2 passes (minimum E grade) in STPM
  • Malaysia Independent Chinese Secondary Schools Unified Examination Certificate with a pass in 4 academic subjects
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Myanmar Entry Requirements

The following is required for Myanmar students:

  • Completion of Basic Education High School Exam with grade of 50% in final year results
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Nepal Entry Requirements

The following is required for Nepalese students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Year 12) with a GPA of 2.4

Nigerian Entry Requirements

The following is required for Nigerian students:

  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

Oman Entry Requirements

The following is required for Oman students:

  • Additional year of study following General Secondary Education Certificate or Year 12 American program

Pakistan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Pakistan students:

  • Completion of Higher Secondary School Certificate with a grade average of 55%
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Papua New Guinea

The following is required for Papua New Guinea students:

  • Higher School Certificate with a grade average of 70%

Philippines Entry Requirements

The following is required for Philippines students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 with an 80% average
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Saudi Arabia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Saudi Arabia students:

  • Additional year of study following General Secondary Education Certificate or Year 12 American program

Singapore Entry Requirements

The following is required for Singapore students:

  • 2 H2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above

South Africa Entry Requirements

The following is required for South African students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12

Sri Lanka Entry Requirements

The following is required for Sri Lankan students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels or equivalent

Sweden Entry Requirements

The following is required for Sweden students:

  • Avgangsbetyg with a grade average of 2.5 and a 4 in English

Taiwan Entry Requirements

The following is required for Taiwan students:

  • Successful completion of Senior Middle 3 with a B or 60% average in 4 academic units

Tanzania Entry Requirements

The following is required for Tanzania students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Thailand Entry Requirements

The following is required for Thailand students:

  • Successful completion of Matayom 6 with a GPA of 2.0
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Turkey Entry Requirements

The following is required for Turkey students:

  • Successful completion of Lise Diplomasi with GPA of 3.0

Uganda Entry Requirements

The following is required for Uganda students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

USA Entry Requirements

The following is required for USA students:

  • Successful completion of Grade 12 or equivalent with a SAT score of 1000

Vietnam Entry Requirements

The following is required for Vietnam students:

  • Successful completion of Year 12 with a 6.0 GPA
  • IB Diploma score of 22 or above
  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 (VCE or the equivalent from any Australian state or territory)

Zambia Entry Requirements

The following is required for Zambia students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

Zimbabwe Entry Requirements

The following is required for Zimbabwe students:

  • 2 passes in GCE A-levels

English Language Entry Requirements

International students must be able to demonstrate English language proficiency before being admitted to this course.

Learn more about this Diploma

Find out more about what you can expect from the Diploma of Business course, directly from our staff and students.

Additional information

Your course timetable

For further details about Diploma of Commerce units and availability, trimester structures and more, download the course outline.

Timetable

Online and on-campus classes run between 11am and 9pm on weekdays (Melbourne timezone, AEST). Most units run as 2 x 2-hour classes each week. You can also expect between 4-6 hours of private study per unit, per week

View mock timetable

Transfer guidelines

View the transfer requirements for the Diploma of Business below. 

Domestic Students

International Students